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FILE - In this June 4, 2014 file photo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. A Republican majority would usher in major changes in committee leadership, with political opposites replacing the current Democratic chairmen and setting a markedly different agenda from the past eight years of Democratic control. The size of a Republican majority would determine committee ratios and budgets; more seats in the Senate translate into a greater advantage on the panels.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

A Republican Senate means changing the chairmen

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

If Republicans win the Senate, the Pentagon should brace for constant grilling from Sen. John McCain, who has found fault with nearly every aspect of President Obama’s national security policies. McCain would be on tap to serve as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee if the GOP wrests majority control from the Democrats in next month’s midterm elections. The …

FairPoint accuses striking workers of intimidation

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

FairPoint Communications is accusing striking workers of intimidating contractors and employees and said automated phone-jamming attempted to disrupt call centers. The company said yesterday that it’s sent a letter to the Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, asking them to stop any members from engaging in activities aimed at disruption or intimidation. The two unions called the allegations “spurious …

Not so fast cordcutters — cable’s not going anywhere

Monday, October 20, 2014

Cord cutters rejoiced last week after HBO and CBS announced plans to sell stand-alone streaming services, a move that cable and satellite television providers have resisted for years. Customers tired of paying big fees for hundreds of channels they never watch just to have access to a few favorite shows might be expected …

Business notes for Oct. 20, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Meredith Rotary Club recently hosted 11 exchange students from Rotary District 7870, which covers southern Vermont and southern New Hampshire, for a weekend trip to the Squam Lake Natural Science Center and a Mt. Washington boat cruise, among other activities. The students were from Belgium Brazil, Chile, …

Business people for Oct. 21, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Furniture maker Jim Zink recently began accepting holiday orders. Zink specializes in custom heirloom furniture. A hallway table made of cherry and ebony will be on display at Meredith Village Savings Bank the first two weeks of November. Kathy Higgins-Doolan, an emergency medical service provider and state EMS …

OSRAM SYLVANIA donates truck to Hillsboro Fire Department

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Osram Sylvania recently donated a new truck to the Hillsboro Fire Department. The 2015 Ford F-150 was given during the annual Employee Appreciation Day at Osram Sylvania’s factory in Hillsboro. The F-150 features a full LED forward lighting system designed by Osram that features a low beam, high …

Suncook nanobrewery planned to quench ‘beer desert’

Sunday, October 19, 2014

There are 37 breweries in New Hampshire and not one within 20 minutes of Concord. By reducing startup costs and promoting beer tourism, the state has helped create an environment in which craft brewers welcome and cooperate with …

for sale in loudon: The perfect living space – all on one level

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The beautiful, executive style-ranch home at 74 Plateau Ridge Road in Loudon offers single-level living and an incredible design aesthetic. Featuring four bedrooms and three bathrooms, the home is both spacious and serene, located at the end of …

FairPoint workers go on strike over benefits, pensions

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The sun was shining, a light autumn breeze was blowing, but as he walked in a small oval on a South Street sidewalk, James Lemay of Manchester was fuming mad. Lemay, a central office technician for Fairpoint Communications, …

Yellen: Greatly concerned by widening inequality

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen sounded an alarm yesterday about widening economic inequality in the United States, suggesting that America’s longstanding identity as a land of opportunity was at stake. The growing gap between the rich and everyone …

PUC takes up regulations review regarding complaint against Northern Pass, PSNH

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Prompted by a recent request from a group of power-generating companies concerned with the relationship between Northern Pass Transmission and Public Service of New Hampshire, the Public Utilities Commission will evaluate its rules governing public utilities and their affiliates. The New England Power Generators Association, a trade group …

U.S. stands strong despite fear over global slowdown

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Beyond the turmoil shaking financial markets, the U.S. economy remains sturdier than many seem to fear. The Dow Jones industrial average has lost 874 points since Oct. 8, largely over worries about another recession in Europe, a slowdown …

Concerns over Europe lead to fear on Wall Street

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fear is spreading in the stock market. A monthlong drop in U.S. stocks intensified in afternoon trading yesterday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 400 points and putting the index on track for its biggest …